The Audi S4 debuted in 1992 as a sportier booty on the Audi 100, which was based on the company’s new C4 platform. The aboriginal archetypal came with a active 2.2-liter five-cylinder engine, and assembly ran through 1994. The A4 sedan, meanwhile, was alien in 1994 with a gearbox created by Porsche. The S4 alternate to the bazaar in 1997 as a auto and wagon based on the new A4 (and its B5 platform) and came accepted with abiding four-wheel drive and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that fabricated it one of the fastest sedans on the planet. A midcycle amend for the A4’s 1998 archetypal year included a new 2.8-liter V6 engine, as able-bodied as quattro all-wheel drive.
Second Bearing 2001 to 2006
The A4’s additional bearing featured a advanced ambit of drivetrain choices, including 3.0-liter and 3.2-liter V6 engines, as able-bodied as a cabriolet advantage and quattro all-wheel drive on baddest models. Based on the new B6 platform, the third go-around for the S4 started in 2003, now with three variants — a sedan, a wagon, and a two-door cabriolet. The S4 additionally got a new 4.2-liter V-8 agent and redesigned mirrors and grill.
Third Bearing 2005 to 2008
The aboriginal A4 to get an infotainment arrangement additionally got a new engine, in the anatomy of a two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged powertrain with absolute injection. This bearing additionally got a new six-speed automated manual and an advantage for a selectable seven-speed transmission. And admitting best of its changes were cosmetic—such as a new single-frame grille and redesigned clear-glass headlights—the 2005 S4 was based on Audi’s B7 platform.
Fourth Bearing 2008 to 2015
The better generational about-face for the A4 included a new wagon version, alleged the Avant in Europe and the Allroad in the U.S., as able-bodied as an upgraded infotainment system, an cyberbanking duke brake, and a new eight-speed automated transmission. In 2010, the new S4 swapped its V-8 for a supercharged TFSI 3.0-liter V-6, the model’s best able yet, able to hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The S4, now based on the B8 platform, was after active in 2013, accepting the brand’s signature distinct frame, trapezoidal grille as able-bodied as redesigned headlights.
Fifth Bearing 2016 to Present
The accepted bearing of Audi’s midsize auto and wagon continues a trend that started in the model’s antecedent generation, abacus admeasurement while acid weight, convalescent ammunition abridgement and all-embracing handling. Meanwhile, the Audi S4 accustomed a retuned, lower-slung abeyance and quattro all-wheel drive system, an overhauled V-6, and upgraded bodywork, including a redesigned grille and lower vents.